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Offline vandermolen

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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #40 on: February 17, 2019, 12:41:01 PM »
Hmm, combing through this thread, the Ešenvalds piqued my interest. There's a live performance of the Visions of Arctic: Night available on YouTube:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/1OBWbDbpzyo" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/1OBWbDbpzyo</a>

I was expecting a dark, brooding piece, but there seems to be a lot more going on in the Arctic during the night! Quite enjoyable, the sombre middle part is beautiful.
I love that work and find it very moving. I think of the Northern Lights (which I have never seen) in that central section.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2019, 12:42:35 PM by vandermolen »
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #41 on: February 17, 2019, 01:39:03 PM »
I have a similar experience with Ēriks Ešenvalds' recent (2014) Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, which we (my choir) started singing, last week. One specific passage is haunting me for days already:
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/j2s9KujfmXM" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/j2s9KujfmXM</a>
(Actually I met him in person, but very superficially, five years ago in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, at the occasion of a premiere of another new choral piece by him).
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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2019, 02:26:06 PM »
This is land plenty of remarkable composers. I'm enjoying largely the Skulte's 5th right now. The Garuta will be worth listening too, so do the Esenvalds and Ivanovs.
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Re: Latvian composers
« Reply #43 on: August 24, 2021, 05:34:32 AM »
Thought I'd promote this fine disc again:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).